Vitamin B12 supplements are helpful for cats with gastrointestinal problems.
Three symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss are indicators of cat gastrointestinal disease.
Researchers at the University of Zurich have found that cats' gastrointestinal disease is reduced when they take vitamin B12 supplements. The cats responded to the B12 supplement (cobalamin) after taking the vitamin supplements for more than six weeks.
Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) is an important water-soluble vitamin in the brain and nervous system of cats. It is involved in many metabolic processes in all cells, such as DNA synthesis and enzymatic processes.
Gastrointestinal disorders are similar to the cobalamin deficiency symptoms mentioned above. These health conditions are all associated with cell-level digestion.
Vitamin B12 is absorbed from the food through the stomach and transferred to the cells. If a cat suffers from gastrointestinal problems such as inflammatory bowel disease, it can not absorb a sufficient amount of vitamin, resulting in cobalamin deficiency.
Veterinarians generally assess cobalamin levels in cats with gastrointestinal disease through blood tests. If this number is low, the cat can be given an injection of vitamin B12 supplements. Because cobalamin is water-soluble like vitamin C, you do not have to worry about excess vitamin. The excess of vitamin B12 is simply excreted in the urine. Administration of cobalamin injections to cats suffering from chronic gastrointestinal disease is a common treatment.